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Sundin and Hossa still unsigned through July 1

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TSN.ca Staff
7/1/2008 8:37:55 PM
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The money flowed fast and furiously on the first day of NHL free agency, with the two most coveted players in the market still looking for new homes.

The threat of retirement is not standing in the way of NHL teams taking a hard run at free agent forward Mats Sundin.

Sources tell TSN as many as four teams have tabled offers for the 37-year-old, including the Vancouver Canucks, who have offered a whopping $10 million per year on a two-year contract. The Canucks' offer includes a $5 million signing bonus, plus $5 million to play in 2008-09.  There would be $5 million due on July 1, 2009 and another $5 million to play in 2009-2010.

Sundin is said to be flattered by the offer, however he continues to absorb interest from a number of teams and hasn't yet decided as to whether he will play or not next season.

"I was a bit surpised at them, but not at the attention to Mats," Sundin's agent J.P. Barry told TSN. "That was a very strong offer from Vancouver."

The New York Rangers, Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs are the other three teams with standing offers for Sundin.

Sundin scored 32 goals and 46 assists for 78 points in 74 games with Toronto last season. It was his best offensive season since 2001-2002 when he notched 80 points. Sundin, who has 1,321 points in 1,305 career NHL games, has been with the Maple Leafs since 1994.

The other big name still floating in the free market is winger Marian Hossa, who has offers from the Rangers, Canadiens, Pittsburgh Penguins and Edmonton Oilers.

A source within Hossa's camp told TSN on Tuesday night that he would not decide on a team on July 1 and would take some time to consider his options.

The 6-foot-1 winger scored 29 goals and 66 points in 72 games split between the Atlanta Thrahsers and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Hossa, 29, was acquired from the Thrashers at the trade deadline and helped Pittsburgh in its march to the Stanley Cups Finals. With 12 goals and 14 assists in 20 games, the 2008 playoffs went a long way to helping Hossa shed his reputation as a player that shone in the regular season, but struggled when it really mattered.

Originally a first-round draft pick by the Ottawa Senators in 1997, Hossa has been named to five NHL all-star teams and has recorded 299 goals and 648 points in 701 career games. Hossa was shipped to Atlanta as part of the Dany Heatley trade in 2005.

Mats Sundin and Marian Hossa (Photo: Gregory Shamus/Graig Abel/NHLI via Getty Images)

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(Photo: Gregory Shamus/Graig Abel/NHLI via Getty Images)
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